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How to Cite Resources: Citing Correctly

Citing Correctly

Why Cite Correctly?

  • To give credit for work used
  • To provide users of your work access to related useful sources
  • To provide authority to your assertions

How do you Cite?

There are many different styles for formatting references and various publications have different requirements for references. You can find manuals of style in the library in the Reference area on the second floor in the WZ 345 sectionOnline you can consult:

WebCite® is an archiving system for cited web pages and web sites. It ensures that cited web material will remain available to readers in the future. Using this system creates a permanent copy of the web page that can be retrieved at a later date, regardless of whether the web page has been changed or removed.

Web Sites that Format References for You:

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism - an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author.

plagiarism. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved January 02, 2015, from website:

The following web sites can help you understand and avoid plagiarizing the works of others.

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

A bibliography is often called a “works cited list” or “reference list,” it’s a list, usually found at the end of your project, that displays all of the sources that you used in your research project. In this list, you may have websites, books, newspapers, magazines, or other types of sources that were used.

Each listed source, also called a “citation,” shares information about the author, title, publishing year, and other items. Citations are provided so that others can find the sources themselves.

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents where each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 100 to 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation.

Why Have One?

Sometimes instructors want you to include an “annotated bibliography.” An annotated bibliography includes three items for each source:

  • the citation
  • a short summary of the source
  • your personal thoughts and insights from the source

The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, location, and quality of the sources cited. Please check with your teacher or professor first to see if an annotated bibliography/works cited page is needed for your paper.

The Citation

  • Create the citation in APA, or another style that your teacher instructs you to cite in. Your teacher will tell you which style you should use. 

The Summary

  • Write a few sentences summarizing the source. What was it about? What was the main point of it?

Your Personal Thoughts and Insights

  • Was the source helpful for your particular assignment?
  • How did it help answer your research question(s)?
  • How was this source different than the other sources used?
  • Did the source change your thinking on the research topic?
  • How did the source affect you?

Example of Annotated Bibliography in APA Format

How to cite an UpToDate topic

Marion DW. Diaphragmatic pacing. In: UpToDate, Post TW (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA. (Accessed on  March  25, 2018.)

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